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Towering flames raced through mountain forests by the glitzy Spanish resort of Marbella on Friday, killing at least one person, injuring five and sending thousands fleeing. Hundreds of firefighters, reinforced by emergency military personnel and backed by 31 planes and helicopters, battled the blaze that was fanned by hot, dry winds in southern Spain, officials said.
Flames destroyed more than 153,000 hectares (378,000 acres) of land between January 1 and August 26, three times the amount during the same time last year and the highest amount in a decade, according to agriculture ministry figures.
Originally posted by Panic2k11
reply to post by James1982
Most fires on Iberia are of human origin and a large percentage is intentionally set. Idle hands and all that... with the situation as it is economically this stuff will just get worst.
There is also a large problem of eucalyptus planting for paper production this tree is extremely damaging as it takes in larges amount of water and is highly inflammable (the eucalyptus is originally from Australia I think).